Healing That Helps You Get Unstuck
Every person grows and learns in different ways. To that point, every counselor or guide has their own techniques and exercises to help clients. Not every method is effective for everyone, but with the right guidance, you can defeat your inner demons and recapture your life. That's where Christy Maxey thrives.
Christy is a trauma EMDR coach dedicated to empowering people with the knowledge of true self-love. She aims to help men and women overcome negative self-talk and patterns and finally live the fulfilling life they deserve. Christy has a special focus on supporting women who experience anxiety, depression, lack of self-trust, people-pleasing, and feelings of inadequacy. Additionally, she's an expert in helping men who are navigating anger, stress, and relationship challenges.
If you have received help from therapists and life coaches in the past but find yourself falling back into the same patterns as before, know that you're not alone. The simple truth could be that whatever problem you were trying to face was left unresolved.
Essentially, you cut the top of the weed, but you didn't pull out the entire root. In a sense, you put a band-aid on a serious wound when you needed more comprehensive, specialized treatment. Unlike many life coaches, Christy Maxey aims to solve the root cause of your mental and physical symptoms. By addressing the cause of your issues, you can reclaim your life and move forward without the baggage you've carried for so long. Take it from us - it's an incredible feeling!
Some of the most common problems that Christy helps solve for patients include:
- Difficulty Dealing with the Emotional Content at the Center of Their Problems
- A Lack of Resistance to and Awareness of "What Is"
- Fear and Uncertainty About Making Changes
- Fear of Getting Compassionate Help and Guidance
- Believing False Narratives Associated with Past Traumas and Experiences
Created by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 as a treatment method for post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR is an evidence-based treatment approach that provides both trauma-informed treatment and treatment protocol. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR employs bilateral stimulation to replicate the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep. In fact, EMDR treatments have shown that the mind can heal from psychological trauma faster than traditional talk therapy.
Traumatic events often lead to negative beliefs and emotions, such as shame, anger, and sadness. EMDR enables your brain to reprocess such events, promoting healing, well-being, and positivity in patients.
If you're wondering whether or not EMDR treatment from Christy Maxey might be a good choice for you and your family, ask yourself these questions:
- Do You Feel Stuck in Your Life?
- Do You Find Yourself Stuck Feeling the Same Types of Fear, Sadness, or Anxiety?
- Have You Grown Accustomed to a Negative Inner Critic?
- Do You Feel Stuck with Feelings of Shame from Past Mistakes or Traumas?
- Are You Always Repeating the Same Patterns in Relationships? Too Nice, Too Accepting, Avoidant, Easy to Get Triggered, Etc.?
- Is Your Brain Full of Self-Doubt and Harmful Self-Talk?
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
Once it's agreed that EMDR therapy is suitable for you, your initial sessions involve discussing your goals and enhancing your ability to cope with stress. In the following phases of EMDR therapy, you concentrate on a specific event or focus on a negative image, belief, emotion, or bodily sensation related to the event. You then focus on a positive belief indicating that the issue has been resolved.
While you're focused on the upsetting event, Christy begins sets of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps. After each set, you are guided to observe what comes to mind. Shifts in insight or changes in images, feelings, or beliefs about the event may occur. It should be noted that you can stop therapy at any moment if necessary. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps will be repeated until distress caused by the event decreases. EMDR therapy can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other forms of therapy offered through the Maxx Method.
To help paint you a picture of how EMDR therapy works, think of it like a cast for a broken bone. Unlike other forms of therapy, however, EMDR can be more uncomfortable than traditional treatments. It's important to be ready for possible emotional exhaustion afterward. To cope, you can create a relaxing playlist and plan some activities to unwind. Once the sessions are finished, take some time to recharge and decompress.
Who Should Use EMDR Therapy in Wickenburg, AZ?
EMDR therapy is something anyone can benefit from. It's not only reserved for people with extreme experiences or traumas. Even mild cases of anxiety and depression can be treated by a trained EMDR coach like Christy Maxey. When you remember something that reminds you of a bad experience, your body might react like it's in danger, even if it's not. This is a normal reaction, but if it keeps happening, it can make you feel really stressed out. With EMDR, you can heal and learn new ways to cope without having to talk about exactly what happened. This can help you feel better and live your life without over-worrying and ruminating on negativity.
If you're one of the many people who have experienced lackluster results from one or more EMDR sessions, it's crucial that you do not give up hope. In fact, many men and women come to Christy Maxey having had poor EMDR experiences. Thankfully, they soon realize how impactful and fulfilling the therapy can be for trauma. That's especially true when combined with other therapies like Inner Child Healing and Guided Visualization. Of course, EMDR therapy in Wickenburg, AZ, isn't the best choice for every patient - after all, every person is different and responds to therapies in different ways.
To truly discover if EMDR therapy is the right choice for your mind and body, contact Christy ASAP to schedule your initial consultation. That way, you and Christy can get to know each other better and discover the best ways to promote long-term healing and well-being. With that said, patients choose EMDR treatments for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons for using EMDR therapy include the following:
- Panic Attacks and Anxiety
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome)
- Eating Disorders like Bulimia, Anorexia, and More
- Trauma from Abuse and Violence
- Abusive or Violent Relationships
- Rest and Sleep Problems
- Social Anxiety
- Childhood Trauma and Abuse
- Anger and Sadness
- Fear of Speaking in Public
- Betrayal and Grief
The Life-Changing Benefits of EMDR Therapy
Though EMDR therapy is more popular than ever, many people are still unaware of its benefits and how life-changing the therapy can be for people who are stuck. If that sounds like you, keep these benefits in mind as you continue to research this amazing therapy choice.
Triumph Over Trauma
Recovering from a traumatic experience can be extremely challenging, but EMDR therapy can provide a solution. Trauma can create triggers that make you feel like you're experiencing the event all over again. EMDR can help reorganize the thoughts, feelings, and experiences associated with the trauma so that you no longer feel controlled by it. While the effects of trauma may never completely disappear, EMDR can significantly reduce its impact on your life and enable you to live in the present without constantly reliving the past.
Enhance Your Mental Fortitude
Achieving personal growth involves accepting one's identity, building self-esteem, and understanding the internal narratives that shape our daily experiences. EMDR and guided therapeutic processing can help create a peaceful, efficient, and confident setting for individuals to accept their past and move forward. This therapeutic process empowers individuals, providing them with the strength and courage to confront any obstacle that impedes their well-being.
Reshape Your Life
During EMDR therapy sessions, traumatic events are broken down, enabling patients to gain a different perspective on negative events. This altered view can be as life-changing as the traumatic event itself, giving individuals greater control over how they adapt to the effects of trauma.
Overcome Circular Thinking
If you struggle with circular thinking patterns related to anxiety disorders, phobias, or generalized anxiety, EMDR therapy may be helpful. EMDR can assist you in overcoming these thought spirals by teaching you how to deal with your fears and worries without becoming overwhelmed by anxiety.
Understanding the Phases of EMDR Therapy in Wickenburg, AZ
According to the EMDR Institute, there are eight phases in traditional EMDR treatment:
The EMDR Institute has identified eight phases of EMDR therapy. These are:
- History and Treatment Planning
- Body scan
History and Treatment Planning
During the initial stage of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Christy will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your medical and emotional history and create a treatment plan. This stage involves discussing the particular issue that led you to seek therapy. You'll also identify behaviors and symptoms associated with the issues you're facing. Based on this information, Christy will develop a personalized treatment plan that outlines the goals to be addressed using EMDR therapy in Wickenburg, AZ:
- The Traumas or Events Causing Issues
- Present-Day Problems and Traumas Causing Distress
- Healthy Behaviors and Skills Needed for Long-Term Well-Being
During this phase, Christy will explain the theory of EMDR, how it is applied, and what you can expect during and after treatment. Christy will then teach you several techniques for relaxation so that you have the tools to calm down in the event of emotional disturbance.
One of the biggest goals of this first phase is to establish trust between you and your EMDR coach. While you don't have to go into great detail about disturbing memories, if you don't trust your therapist, you may not accurately report what is felt and what changes you are or aren't experiencing. If your goal is to please the therapist and say you feel better when you really aren't, no therapy in the world will resolve your trauma.
In this phase, you will be prompted to access each target in a controlled manner so it can be effectively processed. Processing does not mean talking about it. From there, Christy identifies different parts of the target to be processed. The first step is for you to select a specific image or mental picture from the target event (identified during Phase One) that best represents the memory.
You then choose a positive statement that you would like to believe. The statement should have an internal sense of control, such as "I am valuable/lovable/a good person/in control" or "I can achieve success." In some cases, when the primary emotion is fear, such as after a natural disaster, the negative thought could be "I am in danger," and the positive thought could be "I am safe now." "I am in danger" is considered a negative thought because fear is no longer necessary, but it is still present in the nervous system. The positive thought should reflect what is appropriate in the present moment.
During this phase, you will also identify negative emotions like anger or fear and physical sensations that you associate with trauma.
This phase of EMDR therapy in Wickenburg, AZ, hones in on the disturbing sensations and emotions associated with your trauma and the ways that you respond to it. In doing so, patients often resolve similar events as well. The goal of this phase is to use sounds, taps, or eye movements with shifting focus until your subjective disturbance levels are lowered.
The goal here is to concentrate on the positive belief that you have identified to replace your negative belief(s). For example, you may have suffered child abuse in your younger years and hold the negative belief that you are powerless. Christy will help strengthen and install positive cognitions that reinforce the fact that you are in control, not the negative thoughts and emotions keeping you stuck.
Research into EMDR sessions indicates that physical responses to unresolved thoughts are common. After your positive cognition is fortified and installed, Christy will ask that you bring the original target event to the forefront of your mind. If she notices any additional body tension, those physical sensations are reprocessed. If you do not have any body tension or symptoms present when your original target event is brought up, your EMDR session is considered successful.
Typical EMDR sessions end with closure and a debriefing on what you can expect between your current and subsequent EMDR sessions. If necessary, Christy will provide calming techniques that you can use outside of therapy. This part of the EMDR process ensures that you leave Christy's office feeling better than you did at the beginning of the session.
This phase gives Christy insight into any other treatment plans that may be necessary for your healing and well-being. Like any type of sound therapy, reevaluation is critical in determining the success of your EMDR treatment over a period of time.
Reshape Your Life with EMDR Therapy from Christy Maxey
Regardless of the events and trauma keeping you stuck, EMDR might be a viable solution for reclaiming your life. Christy Maxey provides patients with the safe space needed to do so. If you're ready to let go of past or present traumas and reclaim your love of life, EMDR therapy could be the first step on your healing journey. Contact our office today to learn more about the Maxx Method, EMDR therapy in Wickenburg, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
Latest News in Wickenburg, AZ
Dangerous potholes litter roadway between Phoenix and Wickenburg
WICKENBURG, AZ — The Operation Safe Roads team has been investigating viewer calls for help on I-40 between Kingman and Seligman after blown tires and even a serious crash were caused by rough roads.Another area is also under the microscope — ABC15 traveled on US 60 between SR 74 and Wickenburg where potholes are littering the roadway....
WICKENBURG, AZ — The Operation Safe Roads team has been investigating viewer calls for help on I-40 between Kingman and Seligman after blown tires and even a serious crash were caused by rough roads.
Another area is also under the microscope — ABC15 traveled on US 60 between SR 74 and Wickenburg where potholes are littering the roadway.
"You notice the wear and tear on them already," ABC15 asked commuter Sam Aro about his tires.
"Oh yeah, since December and the potholes," said Aro.
Aro showed ABC15 the truck he really does not like to drive. He says his tires are in a constant battle with terrible road conditions, his tires are damaged and his suspension is way off.
"I haven't gone off-roading in this truck," Aro said.
"Kind of," Megan Thompson replied.
"Yeah, well... driving on highway 60 is off-roading... worse than off-roading."
Aro was one of the many people who emailed his concern to email@example.com. He commutes daily for work back and forth between Wickenburg and Phoenix and tells ABC15 it has been months of trying to get ADOT to fix the frustrating ride.
"Since... a little bit before Christmas it started getting... they started getting bad and then they started getting worse," Aro described. "And... 'Okay, well they're going to come out and fix them,' and nothing's happened, nothing's happened."
While ABC15 was out talking with Aro, there were ADOT crews on the scene who were working to patch portions of the road.
Thompson asked ADOT, how did the road get this bad?
The department sent a statement in an email but refused to do an on-camera interview. ABC15 has asked ADOT to speak about pavement concerns across the Valley and state for more than a year and a half now. They have not once agreed to that request.
Here is the full response:
"Pavement maintenance is an ongoing effort on the nearly 7,000 miles of state highways ADOT oversees. This wet and icy winter season has created conditions that are keeping highway crews, including those you saw on US 60 and others working on I-40 between Kingman and Seligman, very busy addressing potholes. ADOT crews regularly examine state highways for potholes and address them as quickly as possible, making short-term patches followed by long-term repairs. They also respond when potholes are reported, focusing on the most serious problems first. Highway workers make initial temporary repairs as soon as possible with various patching materials that are placed in the damaged area and tamped down. More permanent repairs come after the pavement has had time to dry out. That work involves the use of a milling machine to remove a section of pavement around the pothole. A sticky oil is sprayed into the milled area being fixed before the patch is placed on top. Crews finish the repair by using a heavy compaction roller to smooth out the pavement.
Our recent news release provided additional information on how potholes develop and how ADOT addresses them.
We are respectfully declining an interview on this subject.
-- ADOT Communications"
It is costly to make these repairs in the meantime, which many cannot afford. But what cannot be replaced are the people Aro loves if a pothole leads to a crash.
"It's going to happen sooner or later. It's such a small community. It's probably going to be someone I know. That's not a good thing... I've lost so many people in my life. I don't want to lose nobody else, and I don't want to see someone else go through that," he added.
Drivers can submit claims for damage to vehicles against the state.
ABC15's recent reporting on poor conditions on the US 60 near Greenfield Road and botched roadwork found the state paid out close to $300,000 to drivers last year.
So far, seven claims have been submitted since the beginning of the year for the US 60 (Grand Ave) between SR 74 and Seligman. As for I-40 between Kingman and Seligman, ADOA said 37 drivers have submitted claims. The state said all claims are still pending and no payments have been made yet.
Have a road issue or a question for Operation Safe Roads? Call 833-AZ-ROADS or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wild Wickenburg Bull Riding 2023
Wickenburg, Arizona is a town in the Wild West full of the richest Western heritage. The time is now for the annual Wild Wickenburg Bull Riding kicking off on Saturday, April 8, 2023. The event is located at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena at 935 Constellation Rd, Wickenburg, AZ 85390. Gates will open at 5:30 pm and the event will kick off at 7:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Purchase your tickets today for this extreme event that’ll have you on the edge of your seat!...
Wickenburg, Arizona is a town in the Wild West full of the richest Western heritage. The time is now for the annual Wild Wickenburg Bull Riding kicking off on Saturday, April 8, 2023. The event is located at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena at 935 Constellation Rd, Wickenburg, AZ 85390. Gates will open at 5:30 pm and the event will kick off at 7:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Purchase your tickets today for this extreme event that’ll have you on the edge of your seat!
This is the annual Wild Wickenburg Bull Riding event put on by Arizona natives, Gina Kraut founder of Lazy K Heart Productions, and Jason Mattox founder of the Challenge of Champions Tour. Twenty-five of the top professional bull riders will be taking on twenty-five of the best bucking bulls around in this extreme event. Six bull riders and bulls will be brought back for a short go and then there will be a winner announced.
Credit: Lazy K Heart Productions
To kick off the main event, on Friday night, April 7th Lazy K Heart Productions and Challenge of Champions Tour are putting together a Charity Calcutta where cowboys will be auctioned off. You will be able to place a bid on your favorite cowboy and be able to win a little jackpot yourself if your cowboy wins. This event will be held at 5:00 PM at Rancho Bar 7 at 111 E Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390.
Credit: Lazy K Heart Productions
Be sure to bring your appetite, there will be several food trucks and vendors throughout the evening. There will also be a VIP appearance by a special guest star and real-life cowboy, Forrie J. Smith “Lloyd” of the hit TV series, Yellowstone. Keep rockin’ right after the rodeo as there will be an after-party. Get those boots on and get ready for a good time. We’d like to give a special thank you to all of the sponsors for making this extreme event possible.
Credit: Lazy K Heart Productions
The toughest sport on dirt is returning to Billings, Montana on April 14-16, 2023. The PBR Wrangler Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires is just one of the many final stops on the PBR Unleash the Beast Tour leading up to the PBR Finals 2023. This is another opportunity for the best PBR cowboys to cover some of the rankest bulls in the world to make the buzzer and earn more money for the year end finals. There will be several of the best bull riders going head to head against some of the best bulls in the industry.
The fans of rodeo from all over the world will see themselves gripping the edge of their seats as the action from the Professional Bull Riders event unfolds right in front of their eyes. From the 14-16 of April, Billings, Montana is going to be lit up from all of the action from the Professional Bull Riders series coming to their city. All of the action is taking place at the Metrapark and tickets can be purchased here.
The PBR Wrangler Invitational is known for bringing together some of the best bull riding action in the world and they are bringing that action to Billings. Apart from the action itself, there will be a lot more for families to enjoy as the event takes place at Metrapark such as Bull Housing Tours and more. Make sure to get your tickets before they run out.
Things to Do While You’re in Billings, Montana
Billings, Montana is a great place to visit if you’re looking for outdoor adventure and a unique cultural experience. From fishing and hiking to exploring the downtown area, there are plenty of things to do in Billings. The city’s outdoor recreation opportunities are vast, from skiing, snowshoeing, and whitewater rafting to horseback riding and camping. Billings also has a thriving arts and culture scene, with the Moss Mansion, Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Alberta Bair Theater. There are also several restaurants, breweries, and shops to explore in the city. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a unique cultural experience, Billings has something for everyone.
The PBR World Finals 2023 is set and ready to unleash the beast in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Dickies Arena from May 12th to the 21st, and you don’t want to miss it! Last year started a new era for this event by moving it to spring and Texas, and the legacy continues. This is the 30th season of the PBR competitions, and it wraps up shortly after six and a half months of competition. This is the event where the best of the best compete against each other. The competitors have put their sweat, blood, and tears into this year’s events, but only one will emerge as the PBR World Bull Riding Champion.
The PBR World Finals has a storied history with many pages waiting to be written. Making its start in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1994, where it was hosted for 25 years. From there, it moved to Texas during the pandemic and then back to Las Vegas. Now it’s back in Texas to bring the thrill of the 8-second ride to everyone.
The top 40 professional bull riders competed throughout the season, and the Unleash the Beast event is the final showdown. Each of the 40 riders will compete again, with the top 12 returning for the Championship Round to determine the 2023 PBR World Finals Champion. At the time of this posting, the top 12 competitors in the standings are Kaique Pacheco, Jose Vitor Leme, Dalton Kasel, Andrew Alvidrez, Radael Jose de Brito, Cooper Davis, Boudreaux Campbell, Jesse Petri, Eduardo Aparecido, Daniel Keeping, Dener Barbosa, and Luciano de Castro.
Come for the thrill of bull riding and stick around for the many other events and activities during this party. To celebrate the 30th year of the PBR World Finals, check out the Dirty 30 Party on May 17th at 6 pm. This event is happening at Billy Bob’s Texas. It is to celebrate the organization’s unprecedented growth and benefit a great cause, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, all while having a great time.
Check out the PBR World Finals Fan Zone Concerts, including artists like Walker Montgomery, Dusty Moates, Kenny Feidler and the Cowboy Killers, and Glen Templeton. The PBR World Finals Concert Series happens each evening of the event with headliners like Easton Corbin, Chancie Neal, and Kyle Redd. If you really feel the jitters before the big rides, you can participate in the PBR Ariat Boot Trot 5k/ 3k on May 20th in the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards. And plan to bring your camper and stay in the Ridin’ Rank RV Park to be as close to the action as possible. Where the best of the best come together, the PBR World Finals is an event you can’t miss!
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Get ready for some bull riding action in Beaver County! The 3rd Annual Stetson Wright Invitational is here and it’s happening on May 13, 2023, at the Beaver County Fairgrounds in Minersville, Utah. The event promises to showcase the best bull riders who will take on some of the toughest bulls in the southwest. The gates will open at 6:00 pm, and the competition will start at 8:00 pm. Thirty top bull riders will be competing for a grand prize of $30,000, thanks to Stetson Wright. Tickets are available for purchase on https://stetsonwright.yapsody.com/ at $25.00 per adult, and $20.00 per child. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience; buy your tickets today!
Last year’s Bull Riding Champion was Briggs Madsen who won the Stetson Wright Invitational with a 92-point ride in the Championship Round! Don’t forget about the mini bull riding competition as well. The winner of that event will go home from Beaver County with $1,000 in their pocket!
There will be 30 athletes competing for a chance at a part of the $30,000 in prize money. Over the last couple of weeks, the Stetson Wright Invitational Instagram has been slowly releasing the names of its competitors. Check out the first 20 below!
Who will take home the title this year? We can’t wait to find out!
Where to Stay
Your best bet for this event is to stay in either Milford or Beaver, which is right off the highway. There are several inns and motels in the little towns around Minersville. The town itself is really just a little pass-through town, so don’t anticipate a whole lot being available right there in town. Buy your tickets for the event now and we will see you in Utah!
Crews battling 'Cloud Fire' south of Wickenburg
BLM said Arizona State Forestry is responding to the fire with air attack units, engines and hand crews.WICKENBURG, Ariz. — Firefighters have an 871-acre wildfire burning south of Wickenburg 90% contained, officials said Monday.The "Cloud Fire" near Vulture Mind and Whispering Ranch roads started Thursday, May 11 according to the Bureau of Land Management.BLM said Arizona State Forestry responded to the fire with air attack ...
BLM said Arizona State Forestry is responding to the fire with air attack units, engines and hand crews.
WICKENBURG, Ariz. — Firefighters have an 871-acre wildfire burning south of Wickenburg 90% contained, officials said Monday.
The "Cloud Fire" near Vulture Mind and Whispering Ranch roads started Thursday, May 11 according to the Bureau of Land Management.
BLM said Arizona State Forestry responded to the fire with air attack units, engines, and hand crews.
Fire crews provided structure protection to one home and saved it from the blaze.
Forestry officials said Monday minimal smoke remains, but resources continue to patrol and monitor the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The #CloudFire south of Wickenburg is 90% contained with no change in acreage - 871. Minimal interior smoke remains, but resources continue to patrol & monitor. This will be the final update unless there’s a significant change in fire activity. #AZFire #AZForestry @BLMAZFire pic.twitter.com/0yGvTZrsrJ— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 15, 2023
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Residents in wildfire-prone areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them of they are evacuated from their homes, especially as Arizona residents are beginning to see early widespread fire activity throughout the state.
An emergency supply kit should be put together long before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Make sure to keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers.
Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account.
Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said.
The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including:
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Posts From The Road: Wickenburg, Arizona
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Thanks: This sculpture entitled ‘Thanks For the Rain’ by Joe Beeler sits in a park area adjacent to the Desert Caballero Western Museum in Wickenburg, Ariz. The historic downtown area of the city is filled with sculptures, murals and other artwork depicting Wickenburg’s history. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comBy GARY WARREN Photographer Formerly of Los AlamosWickenburg, Ariz. sits in the shadows of the Phoenix area as well as the ...
Thanks: This sculpture entitled ‘Thanks For the Rain’ by Joe Beeler sits in a park area adjacent to the Desert Caballero Western Museum in Wickenburg, Ariz. The historic downtown area of the city is filled with sculptures, murals and other artwork depicting Wickenburg’s history. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
By GARY WARREN Photographer Formerly of Los Alamos
Wickenburg, Ariz. sits in the shadows of the Phoenix area as well as the foothills of Arizona’s mountain country and is one of the oldest towns in the state. This small community of about 7,500 residents today was founded during the mining days of the American west.
Wickenburg was founded by prospector Henry Wickenburg who came to the area in search of gold. What he found was an abundance of gold and silver when he discovered the nearby Vulture Mine and the town of Wickenburg was established in1863.
Along with mining, farmers and ranchers discovered the fertile area of the Hassayampa River and also began settling in the area. The Hassayampa River runs underground but when it does rise to the surface it creates an oasis in the desert. One such area is the Hassayampa River Preserve where cottonwood trees and other foliage create a haven for birding or just relaxing in the shade.
Western lifestyle runs deep in the Wickenburg area and rodeo and roping are a prominent scene in the area. Wickenburg is host to a number of equestrian events and is known as the Team Roping Capital of the World.
The arts are prominent in Wickenburg as visitors can spot sculptures, wall murals and other arts that depict the Wickenburg lifestyle with a world class museum, the Desert Caballero Western Museum, as well as the Del Webb Center for Performing Arts. The western museum contains work of some of the top western artists such as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and others as well as a great collection of western artifacts from across the region and the American West.
While Wickenburg has experienced a number of ups and downs, the city has embraced its history and is a thriving western community today. The mining, ranching and cowboy lifestyles are evident as you drive down the streets of Wickenburg or visit their various shops, restaurants, motels, and dude ranches.
The spirit of the American West is alive and well in this high desert town just a short drive from Phoenix. If you are visiting the city and want to get away for a day or more, Wickenburg is your destination. You can embrace the openness, clean air, and setting of this beautiful town and you will not be disappointed. We have visited Wickenburg several times and we will be back during our next visit to Arizona.
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country, and he shares his photographs, which appear in the “Posts from the Road” series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Western Museum: The Desert Caballero Western Museum in Wickenburg is home to some of the finest western art that you will find anywhere. In addition, the museum houses thousands of historical artifacts of the American West. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Train Station: The railroad played a big part in Wickenburg’s growth when it arrived in the town in the 1890s. The train station is now owned by the city of Wickenburg and it houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Wickenburg Visitors Center. A historic train engine and caboose are displayed on the tracks near the station. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Miner: ‘Miner Leading His Donkey’ is one of several life sized sculptures located around downtown Wickenburg. The sculpture illustrates the early mining days in Wickenburg with the discovery of the nearby Vulture Mine. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Custom Hats: Custom cowboy hats can be made by hat makers at Double H Custom Hat Co. in downtown Wickenburg, Ariz. This is one of multiple western wear shops in the downtown area. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Saguaro: The Saguaro Theater in Wickenburg offers current running films as well as western films from the past. The theater has been a fixture in Wickenburg since the 1940s. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
A new teen recovery center is set to open in Wickenburg this summer
The 125-acre property will offer intensive trauma work with amenities including a pool, hiking trails, equine therapy and a ropes course.WICKENBURG, Ariz. — The Meadows has become known worldwide for their work on helping people to recover from trauma and now their newest facility is focusing on youth.A new recovery center is opening specifically for teen boys in Wickenburg, Arizona. The Meadows Adolescent Center Executive Director Mike Gurr gave 12News a behind the scenes tour as the facility is set to open this Summer....
The 125-acre property will offer intensive trauma work with amenities including a pool, hiking trails, equine therapy and a ropes course.
WICKENBURG, Ariz. — The Meadows has become known worldwide for their work on helping people to recover from trauma and now their newest facility is focusing on youth.
A new recovery center is opening specifically for teen boys in Wickenburg, Arizona. The Meadows Adolescent Center Executive Director Mike Gurr gave 12News a behind the scenes tour as the facility is set to open this Summer.
“We wanted to do a three-to-four-month program but do it in a way that you’re doing a lot of deep trauma work, but so the kid can go home,” shared Gurr.
The 125-acre property will offer intensive trauma work with amenities including a pool, hiking trails, equine therapy and a ropes course.
Gurr said their program is about giving families hope that their lives can all get better.
“You didn’t plan for your kid to struggle, or for something to happen, and you don’t know what do, but to me it’s important for parents to know that they are not alone,” said Gurr.
Current data shows that kids are struggling with truly challenging mental health issues.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 49.5% of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.
Gurr said while we’ve all heard the saying ‘When I was young,’ he feels the pressures today’s kids are feeling are different. This can range from social media influence to drug and alcohol abuse.
“If you take a look at everything they’re being bombarded by, I seriously can’t sit and talk to a kid and say ‘I get what you’re going through,’" said Gurr. "I haven’t been through that.”
In 2021, the CDC said more than one in five students seriously considered attempting suicide, and that one in ten attempted suicide.
Gurr said their facility is the highest level of inpatient care that families can seek out. Over his decades of experience in this field he believes parents can consider two things when deciding if they need help at a recovery center’s level.
“One, if your child does not allow you to parent them, literally will not allow you,” he said. “Two, if they are in danger, to themselves or to others,” Gurr added.
Gurr said when teens are there, they will visit their brain center. They use the data they gather to help track a teen’s progress and also allow it lead the recovery process of pointing out what each individual kid needs.
“We’re looking at not just a band aid solution to the behavior, but we’re looking deeper as to why,” said Gurr.
Treatment like this can be expensive, as it’s considered out-of-network. 12News asked Gurr what can families do?
He shared there are options families can look into whether that’s taking out a health care loan or working with your insurance company to get your money remembered. He said The Meadows can address specific concerns if you contact them.
Gurr said ultimately, he hopes this new facility can provide families hope.
“Parenting is the hardest job in the world," said Gurr. "And you’re not alone.”
The Meadows Adolescent Center is set to open in Summer 2023. They are set to initially accommodate ten boys with plans to expand to 24 once they enter a second phase.
If you’d like more information you can visit their website: http://meadowsadolescentcenter.com/.
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